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Francesca Donato

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Francesca Donato
Member of the European Parliament
for Italy
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Personal details
Born25 August 1969 (age 54)
Ancona, Italy
Political partyChristian Democracy (since 2023)
Other political
League (2014–2021)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Alma materUniversity of Modena

Francesca Donato (born 25 August 1969) is an Italian politician. She was elected as a member of the European Parliament in the 2019 European Parliament election in Italy as a member of the Lega Nord.[3]

On 25 May 2024 the husband of MEP Francesca Donato, Angelo Onorato, was found dead in his car in Palermo. Donato herself claims he was murdered while the police investigation is still ongoing.[4][5]

European Parliament[edit]

Donato was part of the group Identity and Democracy at the European Parliament elected in 2019. Due to her position against the EU Digital COVID Certificate in September 2021, she was expelled both from Lega Nord and the Identity and Democracy group, and became an independent politician, as well as the non-inscrit member of the European Parliament.

On 2 March 2022, Donato voted against condemning the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine,[6] along with 12 other MEPs.[7] After sharing news which were identified as fake news, her Facebook page was closed in March 2022.[8]

Donato voted against the European Parliament resolution of 23 November 2022 on recognising the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Elezioni europee, eletti Berlusconi e Calenda, fuori i Mussolini: tutti i nomi dei nuovi deputati". Today.
  4. ^ "Palermo, trovato morto in auto il marito dell'eurodeputata Donato - Notizie - Ansa.it". Agenzia ANSA (in Italian). 25 May 2024. Retrieved 25 May 2024.
  5. ^ Barolini, Andrea; Brezar, Aleksandar (27 May 2024). "Death of Italian MEP's husband raises questions of foul play". euronews. Retrieved 29 May 2024.
  6. ^ "Italian Eurodeputy believes EU contributed heavily to conflict over Ukraine". TASS. 13 March 2022.
  7. ^ Crowcroft, Orlando (2 March 2022). "We asked 13 MEPs why they voted no to condemn Russia's war in Ukraine". euronews. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  8. ^ "No! Questo non è un video dell'ospedale pediatrico bombardato a Mariupol". Open (in Italian). 10 March 2022. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  9. ^ "European Parliament resolution of 23 November 2022 on recognising the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism".
  10. ^ "La risoluzione del Parlamento Europeo per dichiarare la Russia uno Stato sponsor del terrorismo" (in Italian). 25 November 2022. Retrieved 25 November 2022.

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